Library Reopening Plan

Joplin Public Library plans to reopen its physical location on Monday, June 8, 2020. The Library staff and Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and adjust dates as needed moving forward.  Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting the website.

As of May 26, 2020, the reopening plan is as follows:

  • The Library building will open to the public beginning Monday, June 8, 2020.
  • Hours of operation will be:
    • 10am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
    • 10am-6pm Tuesday and Friday
    • Closed Sunday
  • Services will be limited. Patrons are encouraged to continue social distancing, only send in one family member per visit, wear a mask and not come into the Library if unwell. Phone reference is available.
  • Based on the recommendation of the Joplin Health Department, users will be limited to 30 minutes per visit.
  • City of Joplin occupancy limits will be enforced.
  • The public computer lab will be open with reduced time limits. Some computers have been closed to ensure social distancing between patrons.
  • Curbside pickup will continue.
  • Chairs, tables, and children’s toys and games have been removed.
  • Study, Conference and Meeting Rooms remain closed until further notice.
  • The Makerspace remains closed until further notice.
  • No in-person library programming is scheduled at this time. Virtual programming will continue through the end of July. Programming options can be found on our Calendar or on our Facebook
  • JPL has a large digital collection that includes:

Library staff cannot sanitize every item that is checked out, but will quarantine returned items for a minimum of 24 hours before checking in and reshelving.  It is recommended that Library users wash their hands after handling library materials and avoid touching their face.

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL offers content to meet the informational, recreational, cultural enhancement and continuing educational needs of the general public.


Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Program runs from May 26th to July 25th. Our reading programs are through Beanstack – where babies, kids, teens, and adults can all participate to win prizes by completing reading requirements for their category. It also includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account. Simply register one time to participate in library sponsored reading programs and activities all year round!

You can also print our gameboards, or you can come into the library to register and pick up a gameboard on or after May 26th. If you need to register for a library card you can do it here to save time when you come in.

Curbside Pickup Service

We are implementing phase three in our reopening plan. This latest phase will allow Library cardholders access to physical library materials and restore interlibrary loan services.

Starting on May 14, Library staff will begin offering limited hours for curbside pickup of hold items. Cardholders will be able to put items on hold at or by calling the Library. Items will be ready 24 hours after they are put on hold.

This new service will operate between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.

When users arrive at the Library a library staff member will verify their library card number and bring the items to the vehicle.

To provide overall safety, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Enter the Library parking lot from the 20th Street entrance
  • Once in the lot, enter the circle drive from the east entrance only
  • Stay in your car
  • Have your Library card out and ready
  • Return all previously checked out items using the exterior book drop
  • Keep book donations at home; they will not be accepted during this time
  • Do not use this service if you are not feeling well

Hold items will already be checked out to the users before they arrive, to streamline the pickup process.  All due dates have been extended by seven days to accommodate this.

Phone reference will be available during curbside pickup hours, and users continue to have 24 hours access to the Library’s online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online resources and learning tools.

Library staff cannot sanitize every item that is checked out, but will quarantine returned items for a minimum of 24 hours before checking in and reshelving.  It is recommended that Library users wash their hands after handling library materials and avoid touching their face.

Library staff and the Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and adjust services and phases as needed to protect Library staff and the community.  Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting the website.

Reopening of Book Drop

Joplin Public Library remains temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, Library staff are making plans to reopen some services.

The first phase in the process began May 5, with administrative and custodial staff returning to work full-time in the building. They have been readying the building, training on implementing upcoming phases and purchasing necessary supplies.

Phase two, which allows the opening of the Library’s book drop is coming soon. On Monday, May 11, the exterior book drop will be reopened to allow Library users to return their books and most other library materials.

The book drop will remain open until further notice, and upon return, all Library materials will be put through a 24-hour quarantine process.

Library material due dates have been extended until May 29; giving Library users several weeks to return items. Social distancing guidelines should be observed while returning items.

The Library will remain closed to the public until further notice, but online offerings are still available and non-cardholders can register online at for a temporary card to gain digital access.

“Our digital resources, including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music, and research tools are available through the Library’s website 24 hours a day,” said Jeana Gockley, the Joplin Public Library director.

Stay informed about upcoming phases by following the Library’s Facebook page and checking the website for updates.

Hoopla adds Bonus Borrows

Bonus Borrows: Thanks to hoopla!
Hoopla features thousands of digital audiobooks, e-books, digital comic books, movies, TV shows, and music titles that can be accessed through a web browser or the hoopla app on your tablet or smartphone. With hoopla there are no waits for anything in the collection. Every item is available immediately whether it’s being used by one person or 50.
Library cardholders are typically allowed four loans per month; however, we are excited to announce that hoopla has generously introduced a special collection for access to additional downloads. Hoopla has created a Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles! Through April 30, items in that collection do not count against your monthly borrowing limit. Simple search “Bonus Borrows” to find this extra collection.
Click on the Hoopla icon on our Welcome home page

Additional e-Resources

We have a bunch of online resources available for you when you go to “What We Offer” on our menu, on the left side you will see Reference.  One is by Category and one is listed alphabetically of All Databases we have available. We also have some on our kids e-content webpage.

We have been able to add some new ones because they were offered to us for you to use for a few months because of COVID-19.

Here are a few of them –

Tumblebooks Audio Books Cloud <- Audio Book Cloud    Tumblebooks Romance eBooks Clous <- Romance Books Club & Crafts Reference Center Searching (includes Business Source Ultimate & Regional Business News)


Library Closed – due to Covid 19 pandemic

Joplin Public Library Temporarily Closes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Joplin, Mo.) –

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Joplin Public Library is closing beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. This includes all programs and outreach services.

The decision was difficult to make. We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision – and similar action being taken by other organizations – will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. Follow us on Facebook and check our website for  updates.

The Library will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be  maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked not to return books and other Library materials via our outside drop boxes during this time. There is no penalty as the Library does not charge fines for overdue materials and will extend due dates.

Patrons still can access the Library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows, as well as online research and learning tools.

In the meantime, the Library is encouraging patrons to stay informed on the outbreak through the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Jasper County Health Department,

and Joplin Health Department.

Show n Tell – March 3, 2020

It was a BYOP night. Some you have seen in progress before.

Variety of projects

April 7, 2020 – Chat n Craft meeting has been canceled

Chat n Craft meets the first Tuesday of each month that the library is open. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the library is canceling all meetings for the time being.

Please keep checking our website for when the library will be open or closed and when our programming and meetings will be resumed.

Our next meeting will be a crochet class. We will be making a dishcloth with the blossom stitch. If you want to take the class, please bring a light colored cotton yarn, such as Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Cream, and an H crochet hook. If you know how to do a chain, single crochet and double crochet stitches you will be able to learn this blossom stitch. If you do not know sc & dc, please come at 5:30 so you can learn those before the blossom stitch class starts at 6pm.

If you do not want to take the class you are always welcome to bring your own project (BYOP) to work on.

Come join us for fun, laughter and don’t forget to bring your Show n Tell so we can all see.

Room Naming Rights

Did you know you can buy naming rights for certain rooms in the Library? It’s a great way to honor a loved one. Two of our study rooms have recently been renamed.

Call 417-623-7653 for more information.